Former D90 chief has homework for aspiring writers

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By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

Tyra Manning, who served as superintendent for River Forest School District 90 for 12 years before retiring in 2004, has a new book out for anyone who wants to put their story in writing, but needs a nudge and a dose of inspiration. 

The book, Your Turn: Ways to Celebrate Life through Storytelling, was released on Oct. 1 by She Writes Press. Manning's first book, Where the Water Meets the Sand (2016), was an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards Gold winner in the autobiography and memoir category. 

From Oct. 21 through Oct. 25, Manning will be on a speaking tour in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park. She'll appear alongside Karen Keilt, who will talk about her memoir The Parrot's Perch. 

Below is a list of Manning's and Keilt's speaking tour schedule:

Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m., Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St.

Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m., Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore in Forest Park, 7419 Madison St., Forest Park  

Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 4 to 6 p.m., Looking Glass Bookstore, 823 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park 

Thursday, Oct. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m., River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave.

Michael Romain 


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